It looks more and more clear that there will be an NFL team in LA next season -- whether it's the Rams, the Chargers or the Raiders. Also, the guys look back and remember when the Patriots almost moved to St. Louis back in the '90s.
Are the Chiefs overrated? Glenn, Lou and Christian discuss the article by Ryan Hannable on weei.com that looks into the Chiefs a little closer, and the guys call them out for being over-hyped.

[0:02:50] ... in games they have difficulty getting back into games but the weight Andy Reid coaches we said the shift and the coaches in the AFC he's probably the second best coach you know if you look ...
[0:05:26] ... operated clocked close out the first half. All it is something that. Andy Reid is always done he's very conservative he's he's terrible would clocked his clock management over the years is not. Then reel good ...
[0:08:06] ... that's grew up and make mistakes. And you look at overall the New England Patriots and in particular Tom Brady did don't make mistakes except. In playoff games. I remember games against the Baltimore Ravens Acker Robert games against the Baltimore Ravens Gillette Stadium where we went into this but games saying. Pretty doesn't screw up he doesn't make mistakes and guess what. The ...





After the debacle at the end of the Pittsburgh/Cincinnati game, the NFL has to take a look at their players losing control on the field. Even Steelers coach Mike Tomlin doesn't seem to get it -- he said that represents the AFC North.
A radio station in Kansas City has been talking some trash about the Patriots -- calling them cheaters. Glenn, Lou and Christian react to those guys.
Glenn, Lou and Christian have some fun with the sound of Julian Edelman talking to reporters in the Patriots' locker room yesterday. Also, the guys finally get their shipment of spirulina, the super-food that Tom Brady eats.

 

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After watching this I’ve decided that if my cable provider offered a German option the way they do Spanish, I might never watch another football game in English ever again. As a language, it just perfectly lends itself to the sport somehow.

By way of background, I took three years of German in high school, and the only words I could pick up in this were “Russell Wilson,” “touchdown,” “quarterback” and “Tyler Lockett.” Not because I’m dumb (though I’m not arguing I’m not), just because since I’ve been out of school the language has only come in handy once. That was when my buddy and I were skiing and got cut off in the lift line by two guys speaking German. So he got mad and yelled at them in what little we could remember, “Du bist ein dum kugelschriber!” Which translates as “You are a stupid pencil!” Which made no sense, but did make Hans and Frans give us a wide berth the rest of the day. But I digress.

The point being, German should be the official language of football. Not just because it gave us the word blitz. But because it just sounds like football. Same cadence. Same sounds to the words. Same attitude. As the late, great Boston comic Bob Seibel used to point out, even saying “I love you” in German comes out “Ich liebe dich.” It’s not so great for romance, but for a game based on violence, anger and ground acquisition, it’s perfect. Go figure.
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Clearly the fact that Bill Belichick hit the weekly press conference podium with a mystery shiner above his eye is the story of the playoffs so far. Way bigger and significantly more important than any cheap shots, missed chip shots, injuries or coaches gone wild. I can confirm that the eye in question was 100 percent healthy when I saw his “Hoodedness” on Patriots Monday. But the cause of the affliction remains a mystery. So allow me, as his close personal friend and the one who’s made Belichickology my life’s work, to speculate on the best possibilities:

7. He joined fight club, but obviously he can’t talk about it.

6. He and Nick Saban spent the BCS title game communicating telepathically and the astral projection burned a slight hole in his cerebral cortex.

5. The kids in that burning orphanage were not about to rescue themselves.

4. He was shot by a jealous rival GM who’s sick and tired of having to answer questions from his owner about why he can’t build his team to a Belichickian level. And of course the bullet disintegrated on contact with his steely, alien exterior.

3. After Vontaze Burfict knocked the best receiver in football out of the playoffs with an intentional kill-shot to the head, Belichick found out his suspension is one fewer games than Tom Brady got for being at least generally aware of ball deflation. So he face-palmed. Hard.

2. While scheming new offensive alignments that will be utterly indefensible for Kansas City Saturday, his brain grew three sizes like the Grinch’s heart, which pushed against his forehead.

1. Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory lasts forever.

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Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss the Sporting News’ attack on the acquisition of Barstool Sports by the Chernin group.

 

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And so it begins. If you had “Six Days Before the First Playoff Game” in your “When Will We Hear the First Weak Deflategate Joke?” office pool, come claim your winnings.

To be clear, this is Shaun Smith the former Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman, not Sean Smith the current Chiefs cornerback. But still. You don’t see Richard Seymour going off on Twitter cracking wise about Peyton Manning‘s HGH scandal. And if he did, the world would blame the Patriots and say it’s a bad reflection on a classless organization.

And just to consider the source, this is the same Shaun Smith who wore out his welcome with nine teams, including two gigs each with Cincinnati and Kansas City, not to mention his memorable stint with the Las Vegas Locomotives. In that career he managed to get cut from the Browns for punching Brady Quinn in the face, get fined $10,000 for grabbing an opponent’s nuts, and more recently threaten a Twitter troll with a picture of his own handgun. But sure, let’s talk about how the Patriots monkey with the footballs like Judge Berman’s courtroom never happened.

This isn’t the best Deflategate mockery the Patriots will face in this playoff run. Not by a damn sight. But it is the first. Of many, many more to come. Stay on that wall, everybody.

[h/t to @ElaineVillaver]

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The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.

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